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Sailing along the north coast & Virgohamna – 9th/10th Juli 2015

Admittedly, it wasn’t really high performance sailing yesterday evening. But at least, we were moving under sail, even into the right direction, roughly. That changed today in the early morning. We were still slow, but then going towards north Greenland. Also an interesting place, but not in our plan for the time being. But then the wind came, and we were heading with up to 10 knots into Smeerenburgfjord.

Photo Verlegenhuken – 09th Juli 2015

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Amazingly, the wind died down at the right time, as we wanted to make a landing in the afternoon. Virgohamna, the arctic version of Cape Canaveral, open air museum of aeronautical north pole expeditions.

Photo Virgohamna – 10th Juli 2015

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Harbour seals are not exactly animals one would associate with the high arctic. The ones here kind of got stuck here. Leftovers from a time, several thousand years ago, when the climate was a bit warmer. They thrived and got well established. Then it cooled down again, but they stayed. Probably not living the greatest harbour seal life anymore, but they at least. An unusual sight in Spitsbergen. Often, they don’t like people getting near them on shore, but they don’t mind small boats too much, and so we could make a nice visit. Funny how they are resting on stones. Doesn’t look too comfortable …

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is visiting Svalbard

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is currently on an official trip in Svalbard. The visit is part of the UN´s campain in preperation of the upcoming UN Climate Change Convention in December 2015. Ban intends to get an overview over the local effects of global warming in the Arctic and to use the publicity of his visit to primarily inform about the alarming extend of glacial melting.

On Tuesday Ban arrived at the airport in Longyearbyen, accompanied by the Norwegian Foreign Minister Børge Brede. The guests were directly taken to the Norwegian research vessel ‘Lance’, which had recently returned from a research operation in the ice, north of Svalbard. Onboard the ‘Lance’ they were brought to Ny-Ålesund where scientists of the Norwegian Polar Institute informed Ban about the situation in Svalbard. Afterwards they took a boat trip to the edge of the glacier Blomstrandbreen, which had melted significantly since Ban’s last visit in 2009. The next stop on the tour is again Longyearbyen.

Ban Ki-moon,
CC BY-SA 2.0 by
Ministerie van Buitenlandse Zaken

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Source: United Nations

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